The Quick Reads scheme, aimed at reluctant and emerging readers, was launched in 2006, produced more than 135 titles and has distributed more than 5 million copies, with more than 6 million loans recorded from libraries.
1 in 6 adults in the UK struggle with reading and 1 in 3 adults do not regularly read for pleasure. England ranks 23rd out of 23 OECD nations for literacy level amongst 16-19 year olds. In addition, studies have shown that those who do read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations.
Quick Reads provide a route into reading that prioritises great story telling and adult-focused content while ensuring the books are written in an accessible and easy to read style. The books are written by some of the most popular authors in the UK so they can be a brilliant entry point to new genres and authors as well as the spark to reignite or build up the joy of reading.
The titles, all at £1 cover price, will be published on 14th April 2022:
The Cutting Season by MW Craven
Blind Spot by Paula Hawkins
Sofia Khan: The Baby Blues by Ayisha Malik
The Kiss by Santa Montefiore
The Black Mountain by Kate Mosse
The Swimmer by Graham Norton
My Name Is Why (abridged) by Lemn Sissay
Witness by Alex Wheatle
The Reading Agency reported that more than 35,000 books had been gifted this year thanks to a 'buy one gift one' campaign. Distribution has been through food banks, ESOL (English as a Second Language) classes, local refugee groups, Basic Skills learners, prisons, and homeless charities.
Napier said: "We are thrilled that these titles will form part of our World Book Night 2022 booklist, allowing us to explore new ways of engaging a wider audience so that more and more readers will be able to discover the pleasure and benefits that come from reading."
The scheme faced closure in 2018, but was rescued by a three-year sponsorship from bestselling author Jojo Moyes.